“Internal” Resistivity and Quantum Efficiency in Organic/Hybrid Solar Cells


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Quantum efficiency of organic/hybrid solar cells has improved appreciably in recent years and it is useful to re-examine those parameters that reflect the device properties. This is important when there is need to distinguish between improvements associated with materials properties such as domain size and phase separations and improvements linked to external effect such as the inclusion of field enhancement layers. In this work, we reported the evaluation of the “internal” resistivity found in high performance organic/hybrid solar cells based on data reported in the literature. Our observations suggest that in general better device performance is found in devices with higher “internal” resistivity. This includes the case when a hole blocking layer is added. Exceptions to such a rule can be found in solar cells with nanowires in the n-layer and ferroelectric end layers whereby the quantum efficiencies increase beyond the values expected. A simple mathematical model has been put forward to explain the dependence of quantum efficiency on the “internal” resistivity. Overall, lowering of the “internal” resistivity correlates well with degradation in the device performance and can be put in the context of a reduction in the effective diffusion length of the photo-excited carriers. High field and polarization effects by themselves do not affect the “Internal” resistivity.



Edited by:

Xiong Zhou and Honghua Tan




H.L. Kwok "“Internal” Resistivity and Quantum Efficiency in Organic/Hybrid Solar Cells", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 249-250, pp. 978-982, 2013

Online since:

December 2012





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